Jehvonne Redman was among the physically smallest footballers on the playing field yesterday, but it was his heroics that made the biggest impact yet for his side – Dinthill Technical High School of Linstead, St Catherine.
He scored the all-important goal at the start of the match, lifting his team’s spirit and placing the opponent – McGrath High – under pressure. In fact, Redman’s goal broke what was McGrath’s unbroken record of victory in the first round of the ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup Football Competition.
Asked if he considers himself the hero for his school, the Grade 12 student told The Beacon: “Maybe I am the hero for true… Scoring today brought joy to all of the Dinthill family.
“We were preparing for it because we wanted to win back our fans. There were lots of doubts in us. Scoring today – getting an early goal was a good feeling and it helped to motivate my teammates,” added the eloquent resident of Jones Avenue in Spanish Town, St Catherine.
His team, Dinthill Technical, had been rocked by defeats so far this season, even spending most of the first round at the bottom of Zone K. The side however started to have a twist of fate when it was awarded six crucial points by the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA).
ISSA awarded Dinthill the points because another team – Charlemont High – used an ineligible player in the two matches it played against Dinthill.
Dinthill would have been in trouble if it had lost the match yesterday; the win was crucial.
The squad celebrated, thinking it had joined McGrath in advancing to the second round.
However, the celebration is being halted. That’s because another team in the zone, Enid Bennett High, is making an appeal to ISSA that may affect the current scores.
Redman’s display of fine football skills will not stop here – whatever the outcome of the appeal by Enid Bennett.
The youngster told The Beacon that he wants to become an international footballer – the likes of the iconic Cristiano Ronaldo, captain of Portugal’s national team.
Like Ronaldo, Redman of Dinthill plays forward.
He has been playing football since he was a baby, perhaps.
“Football is everything to me. Growing up, my uncle [John Allen] would take me to the field to watch matches. It’s a family thing; football in the blood,” Redman said.
He disclosed that he already has seven CXC subjects under his belt, and he is also mulling the idea of becoming an accountant – not just a footballer.
By Horace Mills, Journalist; B.A. degree in Media and Communications; CARIMAC, University of the West Indies
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